Can You Guess Which Fictional City Most People Want to Move to?

If you had to decide between make-believe cities like Pawnee, Narnia and Gotham City, which one would you choose?

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Here at, we spend a lot of time thinking about cities and all the things that make them great places to live, work and visit. Our normal focus is small to mid-sized cities, but a recent survey got us thinking about a very different kind of city: the fictional kind. 

Simply Self Storage asked 1,000 people to choose where they'd most like to live out of the following cities, towns and lands from well-known movies, books and TV shows: 

  • Pawnee ("Parks and Recreation")
  • Narnia ("Chronicles of Narnia")
  • Gotham City ("Batman")
  • Emerald City ("The Wizard of Oz")
  • Bikini Bottom ("Spongebob Squarepants")
  • Cloud City ("Star Wars")
  • Wonderland ("Alice in Wonderland")

It turned out to be a very tight contest, with Narnia clinching the overall win by just ONE percentage point over Pawnee and Emerald City, which tied for second place. In last place? Wonderland, which garnered only 9% of the vote. Poor Alice.

Fake city overall winner

The most popular fictional cities change dramatically when you filter the results by gender. Perhaps not surprisingly, male respondents jumped at the chance to relocate to Star Wars' Cloud City:

Male Fake City

Meanwhile, female respondents couldn't resist the pull of the Emerald City from "The Wizard of Oz." Narnia came in second, and Cloud City was dead last:

fake city female winner

Interestingly enough, answers also varied greatly based on where respondents lived. People in the Midwest lust after the Emerald City, while the South and West choose Narnia, and the Northeast dreams of living in real-life Pawnee.

fake city by region

So, which one would you choose? If nothing else, this is a great conversation starter for holiday parties.

And if you need some help figuring out which REAL city you'd like to live in, don't worry, we've got you covered


Winona Dimeo-Ediger is the editor in chief of Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Country Living, National Geographic and NPR. She lives for weekend road t... more

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